Supplier Diversity Program

The City of Columbia Supplier Diversity Program works with local businesses in Columbia, Rocheport, Centralia, Hallsville, Ashland, and surrounding areas near Boone County, MO to assist Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) including minority and women-owned businesses in order to compete in government and private sector economic development and business entrepreneurship opportunities. The Supplier Diversity Program provides business resources and also manages the City of Columbia’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Directory, found at opens in a new For more information, contact James A. Whitt, Supplier Diversity Program Director, at or 573-441-5544.

Fall 2021 SEED Grant Schedule Overall (3)

Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Fund (SEED)
2021 Grant Program

The Sharp End Entrepreneurial Development Fund is a not for profit organization that was organized in the State of Missouri to help minority and women-owned businesses to prosper and grow through targeted grants for business assistance, start-up capital, and other critical business development and growth needs.

Below are the links for the Fall 2021 SEED Grant application as well and the Grant Request Form:

opens in a new windowFall SEED Grant Application

Here is the schedule for the Fall 2021 Grant SEED program:

SEED Grant Past recipients:

Congratulations to all the recipients of the SEED Grant Awards that were given out on June 29, 2021. 

The summer 2021 SEED grant recipients are as follows:

  • Harris Cosmetology and Barber Institute
  • Cornelliaspeaks LLC
  • Jazz It Up Cleaning LLC
  • McClains Electric Workz
  • Raw Roots Tumeric LLC
  • Trinity Technical Solutions LLC
  • Victory Finances LLC
  • WildysWorld!
  • Writers Block LLC

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